HEALTH, ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION AND AWARENESS

The Health, Environmental Education and Awareness (HEEA) program creates awareness and provides education to the public on how the activities of individuals and communities impact the environment.

Some human activities negatively impact the environment. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the environment directly affects health status and plays a major role in the quality of life, years of healthy life lived, and health disparities. Poor air quality is linked to premature death, cancer, and long-term damage to respiratory and cardiovascular systems.

The National Institutes of Health has linked poor environment to numerous health problems, including asthma, cancer, heart diseases, immune system problems, and poor child development. Unfortunately, very few people are aware of these problems.

Even those who know are unaware of the specific actions (individual and community) they can take to protect themselves and reduce their negative environmental impacts. And these health problems widen health disparities, particularly among minority and underserved communities.

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Benefits: Why are we Bringing our Community Together for Health and Environment?

The goal of this annual event is to bring families and neighbors together to share and obtain information on how to be custodians of the environment and protect our health. We can enjoy our environment as well as be the custodians of the environment by adopting simple voluntary activities that protect our environment and preserve it for generations. HEEA will promote actions that individuals can take to improve waterways through voluntary pledges and commitment to environmentally-friendly behavior change.

All of our communities in metropolitan Washington, DC are surrounded by the Anacostia and the Chesapeake Bay. Our fun-filled workshop presentations will draw specific cases from the Bay in order to bring the issues home to all of us. At this event, we will promote little actions and small steps to love and cherish the gift of the bay and its other waterways that surround us in the capital of the free world.


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